Helloooo everyone and happy Friday! It's probably no surprise that I'm bigger on skincare than makeup if you follow me on instagram since I hardly wear it (with the exception of the occasional mascara and lipgloss). For the first time in my life, I've started doing an actual skincare routine that moves past me just washing my face! Today, I'm sharing my three favorite products from my routine that I use everyday and never travel without, so if you are interested in learning what they are and reading about a lash growth serum that really works (pics included!) then keep on reading (:
Do you recall that episode of That's so Raven where Raven's face swells up due to an allergic reaction to mushrooms? If not, then please go google it because that's how I felt my face puffed up this past June due to a reaction to who knows what (I'll save you from seeing THAT picture). I've never been allergic to anything so I wasn't sure what caused it or what to do. Whatever it was, it caused my face to swell, peel and flake, and my skin was extremely dry for days. My face is dry to normal on most days, but this was way more extreme. I purchased this soap in addition to the pairing lotion from Shea Moisture and my skin cleared up in a few days. I continue to use the soap daily and the lotion on my dryer skin days. I wash my face mainly at night as it benefits your skin when you limit washing your face to once a day.
1. Doesn't dry me out or irritate already dry skin
2. Doesn't leave behind that soap scum feeling (it is a bar)
3. Easy to travel with (you can break a piece off to take!)
5. Not just for the face!
1. I can't tell you what it does for acne since I don't have it
2. It is a bar soap which may be a con if those aren't your thing (I don't mind it though!)
I think this is a great product as my skin is really sensitive to anything scented or abrasive (such as with other black soaps I've tried and anything that scrubs). Most importantly, even on my driest days, it does not burn my skin, specifically the area around my nose which seems to be affected the most. I was recently sunburned and the soap and lotion together did not irritate my skin either, but helped to soothe it. I can't tell you if it works to clear blemishes although it is advertised to, so I encourage you to read more reviews before testing it out!
While I won't be sharing the initial photo of my swollen face, I did provide some from a few days after the initial reaction.
I discovered this eye cream through another blogger I follow on instagram just as I was searching for ways to naturally lift my hooded eyelid, and yes that is singular because ONLY my left eye was hooded. This was something that bothered me for awhile because one of my eyes always squinted more than the other and sometimes appeared closed when smiling in pictures. Even looking straight into a mirror, I could easily tell my left eye was significantly more hooded and closed than the right. This eye cream can also be used for puffy or dark circles under and around the eyes and to decrease the appearance of wrinkles/fine lines. I mainly wanted it for the lifting but figured, if it takes care of the other things, that's great! I was really only concerned with avoiding eyelid-lifting surgery (botox?) Idk, I clearly didn't even look into it because that stuff scares me lol
1. Actually gave my eyelid a natural lift
2. Long lasting (I've had the same container for three months and use it twice a day!)
3. Good for sensitive skin!
1. I haven't noticed a significant improvement with the appearance of dark circles
2. A bit pricey
It was honestly so difficult finding before photos because I tend to avoid looking up while shooting due to this problem! So many good photos I couldn't post because of it *sigh* In the first picture, you can kind of see how my left eye is smaller, but I promise it was a lot more noticeable in person! Now, you can barely tell in person and I'm not noticing a difference between my eyes at all in my photos! Also, please excuse the spider bites on my head in all the after photos. I wanted them to be as recent as possible (today!) and of course I just HAD to get bit the night before...
Now for my favorite product of all, the Forchics eyelash serum! Ironically, I discovered this product through an Instagram ad with before and after pics that just seemed too good to be true. Even after scrolling through a majority of positive comments, I remained suspicious because I thought they could be paid comments. Then I thought, what the hell! What's the worst that could happen? (and now that I think about it, my lashes could have totally fallen out which would be the worst thing buuuut thankfully that did not happen heh). I'm just going to include some before and afters for this one because the pictures speak for themselves.
Do you see why the lash serum is my favorite?? My lashes are almost to my eyebrows! I also wanted to just say that this is NOT a sponsored post; I just wanted to share some products I've been loving (: Thank you for reading!
Today, I am discussing my favorite facial skincare products for dry skin. I typically have normal to dry, but, during the summer, my skin tends to lean more towards the dry side. This is because of how often I am out in the sun, and how often I swim (which means more contact with chlorine!) Below, I have linked my top five products that I use to hydrate and moisturize my face, and they are all under $15! My typical skincare routine (after washing my face of course) starts with a hydrating mask, one of the three moisturizing products below, and ends with my favorite sunscreen.
Garnier Moisture Bomb: This first product is a sheet mask that can be used in the morning or after a long day just before bed. I have used different masks from too many brands to name, but these are the most hydrating masks I have ever used. They're like a fresh glass of water for your skin! I like to keep the mask on for 20-30 minutes rather than 15 to allow my skin to soak in as much product as possible since the mask does not dry out after the recommended 15.
Mario Badescu Spray: While this spray is the least hydrating of the next two products, I like it because it is light. It won't make you look oily no matter how much you use, so you can apply more or less of the product depending on your skin needs. It is also easy to carry with you and reapply throughout the day. This is a good product to use on normal skin days, but on days when my skin is dry, I will reach for one of the next two products.
Eva Essentials Naturals Oil: This product is meant to boost collagen and lighten acne scars which is why I bought it in the first place, but after a few uses, I discovered that it helped hydrate my skin as well! It is heavier than the spray, and makes me look oily if I use too much. However, when used in moderation and rubbed in really well, it gives my skin a subtle, natural glow. For this reason, it can be used before bed, or in the morning to start your day!
Pond's Dry Skin Cream: This cream is the heaviest of the facial products I have listed, but has been my go to after days in the pool. It moisturizes my skin when it is extremely dry and I can see results immediately, but keep in mind that just a little bit of this product will make you look oily. It is more like a lotion, so a little goes a long way. On my dryer days, I will apply a little on my skin along with primer to hydrate my skin before foundation.
Aveeno Facial Sunscreen: Finally, I will apply this product before going out in the sun. I don't sunburn anywhere but my face, and too much sun causes my skin to become extremely dry and peel. Ever since I began using this facial sunscreen, (when I remember) my skin stays moisturized and peel-free! When used in small amounts, it is also light enough to use under foundation, and it smells amazing!